The Warmth of the Sun

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For The Beach Boys compilation, see The Warmth of the Sun (album).
"The Warmth of the Sun"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album Shut Down Volume 2
A-side "Dance, Dance, Dance"
Released October 26, 1964
Format Vinyl
Recorded January 1, 1964
January 8, 1964
Genre Sunshine pop
Length 2:51
Label Capitol Records
Writer(s) Brian Wilson, Mike Love
Producer(s) Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)"
(1964)
"Dance, Dance, Dance"
(1964)
"The Man with All the Toys"
(1964)
Shut Down Volume 2 track listing
Endless Summer track listing

"The Warmth of the Sun" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1964 album Shut Down Volume 2 and as the B-side of the "Dance, Dance, Dance" single, which charted at number eight in the United States and number twenty-four in the United Kingdom. Brian Wilson produced the song, and the rest of the album.

Information[edit]

Brian Wilson and Mike Love began writing the song in the early hours of the morning before John F. Kennedy's assassination. Their completion of the song, in a hotel room later that day, was informed by the emotional shock felt by its authors, having heard about Kennedy's death.

"The Warmth of the Sun" was started in the early morning hours of the same morning that President Kennedy was killed in Dallas. The melody was so haunting, sad, melancholy, that the only thing that I could think of lyrically was the loss of love, when interest slips and feelings aren't reciprocated... though I wanted to have a silver lining on that cumulus nimbus cloud so I wrote the lyrics from the perspective of, 'Yes, things have changed and love is no longer there, but the memory of it lingers like the warmth of the sun.' I think it's really impactful and memorable... one of my favorite songs from an emotional and personal point of view." Mike Love, 2007[1]

Donald A. Guarisco who recently reviewed the song stated "The sublime balance of lush vocals and sensitive songwriting made "The Warmth of the Sun" one of the Beach Boys' finest and most moving ballads."[2] Brian Wilson pioneered the use of adventurous chord changes in pop - "The Warmth of the Sun"'s transitions from C to A-minor to E-flat, were unheard of in 1964.

Appearances[edit]

It was featured on the soundtrack of Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) along with "I Get Around" and "Don't Worry, Baby."

Willie Nelson performed lead vocals on a version of the song on the album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1.

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by Murry Wilson - father of Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson - on his one and only album, The Many Moods of Murry Wilson, which was released in 1967 under Capitol Records.

In 2006, it was covered by Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes, the solo side project of Relient K singer Matt Thiessen.

Vince Gill performed a cover version at "An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson (2001)" concert.

In 2006, Matthew Sweet and Bangles lead singer Susanna Hoffs recorded the song for their collaboration, Under the Covers, Vol. 1.

In 2010, Rumer recorded a version on the b-side of her single "Aretha".

Shelby Flint and Tim Weston, "Wouldn't It Be Nice, A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson"

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Warmth of the Sun podcast series: Episode 8 [1]
  2. ^ "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2010-12-18. 

[2] Brian Wilson "I just wasn't made for these times" DVD in which he talks about the writing of "The Warmth of the Sun"

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